Episode 2 – Solving the Scheme Puzzle

One of the greatest conundrums in the NFL is whether to fit players to your scheme or fit your scheme to your players. These days there’s more a movement towards teams adapting to the players they acquire. But often, particularly in the recent past, teams have passed up on better talent just to add players that fit their scheme better. This week Dalbin Osorio joins the pod to discuss this topic. Listen to our in-depth look at how today’s NFL approaches the scheme dilemma in episode 2 of Buck the Trend below:

One of the greatest conundrums in the NFL is whether to fit players to your scheme or fit your scheme to your players. These days there’s more a movement towards teams adapting to the players they acquire. But often, particularly in the recent past, teams have passed up on better talent just to add players that fit their scheme better.

This week Dalbin Osorio joins the pod to discuss this topic. Listen to our in-depth look at how today’s NFL approaches the scheme dilemma in episode 2 of Buck the Trend below: 

 

 

NFL Buck The Trend – The Ultimate Running Back

Daniel Essien with a breakdown of the evolution of the running back position in recent years to kick off TOJ Digital’s new podcast: BUCK THE TREND

Trends in the NFL often start a whisper and eventually turn into a violent scream. So it has been with the evolution of the running back position in recent years. The amount of talent coming into the league at this position has really increased over the last few years. Let’s look at what is different about today’s modern running backs as opposed to the ones entering the league a few years ago. Also, we’ll look at a few examples of how they’re utilized schematically. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the direction of the Jets’ running back depth chart in light of all this.

Listen to further discussion on this topic and more in our new podcast: BUCK THE TREND. Check out episode 1 below and look out soon for the iTunes feed!

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Episode 25 – The Evolution of Leonard Williams with Dan Essien

Dan Essien fills in for Joe Malfa to team with Dalbin Osorio for a brand new episode of the Draft SZN Podcast! This week they discuss the evolution of Leonard Williams from college prospect and draft day hopeful to NFL defensive end on the verge of his 4th season with the Jets!

Dan Essien fills in for Joe Malfa to team with Dalbin Osorio for a brand new episode of the Draft SZN Podcast! This week they discuss the evolution of Leonard Williams from college prospect and draft day hopeful to NFL defensive end on the verge of his 4th season with the Jets!

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New York Jets – Raising Leonard Williams’ Expectations

Daniel Essien breaks down reasonable expectations for New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams in 2018..

New York Jets 2015 1st round selection Leonard Williams has had a mostly positive tenure with the team so far. However, there has been discussion regarding Williams’ production the last few seasons. It’s arguable that he hasn’t played up to the standards of his 6th overall selection. Let’s examine how his play stacks up to his peers and why this year is the time for him to take the next step.

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Initial Reaction, NFL Draft 2018 – New York Jets Select RB Trenton Cannon

The Jets selected Virginia State RB Trenton Cannon 204th overall. Daniel Essien gives his initial reaction to the pick.

The New York Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon with the 204th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are a few initial thoughts:

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Initial Reaction, NFL Draft 2018 – New York Jets Select DL Folorunso Fatukasi

The Jets selected UCONN DL Folorunso Fatukasi 180th overall. Daniel Essien gives his initial reaction to the pick.

The New York Jets selected UCONN defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the 180th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are a few initial thoughts:

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Initial Reaction, NFL Draft 2018 – New York Jets Select CB Parry Nickerson

The Jets selected Tulane CB Parry Nickerson 179th overall. Daniel Essien gives his initial reaction to the pick.

The New York Jets selected Tulane Cornerback Parry Nickerson with the 179th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Here’s an initial reaction to the pick.

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NFL Player Development – Positional Competition

Dan Essien explores the effects of positional competition when it comes to player development in the NFL…

The New York Jets are in the process of rebuilding their roster. A key element to that is player development. One of the most underrated elements of player development in football is positional competition. It’s true that talent often rises to the top regardless of what’s around them. But an often overlooked potential accelerant to development is who’s making them better in the days between games. Typically the best help a player can get midweek is great coaching. But often its their teammates that drive them to get better. I’m not talking about players at the same position competing here, though. I’m talking about iron sharpening iron. Offensive players making defensive players better and visa versa. QB vs. secondary, safety vs. tight end, wide receiver vs. cornerback, etc. Let’s take a look at the role of counter-positional competition in player development.

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NFL Player Development – Should A Quarterback Redshirt?

Daniel Essien explores whether it is smart to redshirt a rookie quarterback in the NFL…

There’s a seemingly never-ending debate amongst football fans about how to properly develop a quarterback. Some say every young quarterback should be allowed to sit and grow as much as they need before throwing them into a starting role. Others say there’s no better teacher than game experience. Do young QB’s benefit from a “redshirt” year or more, where they can sit and learn? Can it be the difference between ruining a career and allowing a player to blossom?  (more…)

Initial Reaction – New York Jets Sign Cornerback Morris Claiborne

Dan Essien with initial reaction to the Jets bringing back CB Morris Claiborne…

The New York Jets re-signed Morris Claiborne to a 1 year deal this evening. Claiborne is their second CB signing of free agency after they signed Trumaine Johnson earlier. Here are some initial thoughts…

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